Senate Bill 21 is a roaring victory for our state’s efforts to keep young people healthy and away from substances that harm them. We have joined almost half the states of the U.S. in fightingthis cancer-causing habit.
We know from decades of research that smoking causes long-lasting problems — not just lung cancers, but problems that can hurt practically every organ. This is especially true for younger tobacco product users.
For most of us, the body is still developing until the early 20s, especially the brain. Almost all adult smokers start their habit before the age of 21, most of them in middle or high school.
The nicotine in cigarettes is so addictive that once someone enjoys the “hit,” it’s hard to stop the habit.